Are you over 30?

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Badrya Dar­wish badrya_d@kuwait­

Hi guys, it’s been a long time! But it’s my habit not to write dur­ing Ra­madan - to leave the holy month away from crit­i­cism and con­spir­acy the­o­ries and in­stead fo­cus on wor­ship­ping and fast­ing. The fun­ni­est part was that many of the most se­ri­ous is­sues and news erupted in Ra­madan, as if they were timed. Nev­er­the­less, the holy month is over, and a be­lated Eid Mubarak to you all.

Let’s start with lo­cal is­sues only - away from se­ri­ous re­gional pol­i­tics. No Qatar, no Ye­men. No Ha­mas is a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion. No other is­sues, etc, etc. No Iraq. No Daesh. No Mo­sul bat­tles. Let’s not talk about any­thing else. Let’s stick to our lo­cal is­sues. They are safer.

This week, my at­ten­tion was caught by re­ports of a pro­posal be­fore the man­power au­thor­ity to limit work visas only to ex­pat work­ers aged over 30. I have no idea what this means ex­actly. I’ve tried to un­der­stand it left, right and cen­ter, but find no com­mon sense in it. What if a com­pany holds an in­ter­view and signs a con­tract with a po­ten­tial em­ployee, be it a he or a she, who has the proper skills needed, and what if they are 29? In which way should that make a dif­fer­ence?

Thank God they are not putting this rule for do­mes­tic helpers, oth­er­wise all of us Kuwaiti women will march to Hind Al Sabeeh’s of­fice to protest! This only con­cerns the pri­vate sec­tor. I don’t know if it will also ap­ply to work­ers on the streets, clean­ing com­pa­nies and la­bor­ers in all fields - porters at the air­port, clean­ers at public au­thor­i­ties and streets, se­cu­rity in the malls, etc. All of these me­nial work­ers who are su­per es­sen­tial for the coun­try must be over 30 years old? But they are health­ier and stronger if they are younger and can bet­ter adapt to the work­ing con­di­tions in Kuwait in­clud­ing low salaries, crowded liv­ing con­di­tions and of course the un­bear­able heat.

I don’t know about the guys who come up with these sick and funny ideas. In which way are they serv­ing the coun­try? If they want to de­velop Kuwait, there are real and very sig­nif­i­cant ways to or­ga­nize labor in Kuwait. First, stop wasta (con­nec­tions). Sec­ond, stop the traf­fick­ing. Third, don’t bring any more un­skilled la­bor­ers, re­gard­less of their age. Fourth, get rid of the un­skilled labor that has come here by wasta. This is the way to or­ga­nize labor in Kuwait. Put stricter rules and en­force them when it comes to de­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion, salaries paid on time and work­ing and liv­ing con­di­tions, so that we can at­tract qual­ity, skilled work­ers. Not quan­tity.

Thank you very much.

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